SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Transformation

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I love this quote and I really think it rings true to how our society is today. So often I feel like we are all under this pressure to be a certain way, to be perfectly put together, and not show the world our struggles. But honestly, I feel like the world would be a better place if we all accepted the struggles that are required to achieve beauty in our lives. I know we would all have a better relationship with others if we recognized that everyone is fighting their own battle. And I know for certain that we would have better relationships with ourselves if we accepted the struggles we go through as a part of something greater, a way to achieve a more beautiful life. This week and weeks to come I hope to accept this about myself, to realize how far I have come in life and the butterfly I am today as well as the beautiful butterfly I can become.

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HAPPY HOUR: Patio Margaritas

I know I have posted A LOT of margarita recipes on this blog, but I have come across my absolute favorite, and quite possibly the absolute easiest margarita you could ever make! This recipe is in honor of our neighbor Karen coming back in to town (even if its only for a few days) She is the one who so generously passed this recipe on to me!

 

PATIO MARGARITAS.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Can of  Frozen Limeade

Tequila

Limes

Orange Juice

Corona

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine 1 can of frozen limeade, one can of water (all these measurements you’ll just use the limeade can for!), half a can of orange juice, 1 can of tequila, and half of any Mexican beer (we prefer Corona!) Stir and refrigerate. Garnish glass with a salted rim and a lime wedge and you are good to go!

These are perfect for a casual night of homemade Mexican food or to supply for the masses at a party (they are that easy!)

 

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INSTAPOST: Renovation Update Part Three

We have made a huge amount of progress in such a short amount of time (David you are amazing!) Here are some photos from the past week and half so you can see how much progress we have made!

A typical Sunday in the Stephenson household. Starbucks and Home Depot.

A typical Sunday in the Stephenson household. Starbucks and Home Depot.

David officially layer tile in our downstairs powder room!!

David officially layer tile in our downstairs powder room!!

New light fixtures have gone up!

New light fixtures have gone up!

We started painting the cabinets!!

We started painting the cabinets!!

BEFORE.

BEFORE.

AFTER. (almost) The space looks so much brighter and bigger now!

AFTER. (almost) The space looks so much brighter and bigger now!

I was lucky enough to be able to come home early on Friday to help paint!

I was lucky enough to be able to come home early on Friday to help paint!

My amazing future mother-in-law who has helped David so much! We are so grateful!

My amazing future mother-in-law who has helped David so much! We are so grateful!

Measuring baseboard samples... its so exciting we are almost at that point!!

Measuring baseboard samples… its so exciting we are almost at that point!!

This crazy journey just keeps on going! But I know there will be more insta-photos to share!

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HOME-SPIRATION: Oil Rubbed Bronze

Oil rubbed bronze. That is a whole new phrase I have come to appreciate so much during this renovation. We are doing white walls and cabinets with dark hardwood floors and I couldn’t find hardware or fixtures I loved with that combination until I came across oil rubbed bronze. Hardware may be the last thing you think about, I know for me it was! As long as it wasn’t brass I could care less what color it was. With this home renovation I have come to realize that the love is in the details. And I certainly have fallen in LOVE with this detail. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for oil rubbed bronze accents.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

 

 

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Unique Bridal Bouquets

One of the greatest things I have read about planning a wedding, is that so many months or years after their wedding wish they had take more risks. Florals is definitely a great way to make a statement at your wedding. The florists and floral design people I have met while planning my wedding have been some of the most creative thinkers, they can really come up with some inspired arrangements. Here are some of my favorite unique bouquets!

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

such a romantic bouquet.

such a romantic bouquet.

Perfect for a beach wedding!

Perfect for a beach wedding!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

Lavender. I bet that smelled amazing!

Lavender. I bet that made the bride smell amazing!

 

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

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HOME-SPIRATION: Retro Kitchen Chairs

So while David is hard at work doing the renovations, I am of course day dreaming about all the furniture and decor I need to put in to this new space of ours! Our new goal in our eating/living space is to have our kitchen, a dining room, and a living space (before we were using the dining room area as David’s office) Our goal for the kitchen is to have a breakfast nook where David and I can eat together. We already have a great table, so I really want to add some retro chairs and a great rug to make the space complete. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for my future breakfast nook.

LOVE!

LOVE!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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INSTAPOST: Renovation Update

It has been a very very busy time in the Stephenson household. We are planning our wedding, working full time, oh and completely remodeling our first floor! The dust and concrete would be enough to drive someone crazy, thankfully David and I have a good sense of humor! They say home renovations are 80% prep work and we are living that right now! David has done an amazing job prepping our house for paint, tile, and hardwoods! Our first area of focus when we get to flooring will be our powder room, you never realize how convent a bathroom on the first floor is, until you have to rip our the toilet and sink! Here are some of our recent renovations photos so you can see the madness that is going on!

The tile AND mortar are gone in the kitchen! (excuse our messiness... it is hard to live in a construction zone and still be chic!)

The tile AND mortar are gone in the kitchen! (excuse our messiness… it is hard to live in a construction zone and still be chic!)

and hallway!

and hallway!

Out powder room officially has been demolished!

Out powder room officially has been demolished!

Where did everything go you might ask? Oh yes our garage. Thankfully that sweet man in the photo has since cleaned everything out!

Where did everything go you might ask? Oh yes our garage. Thankfully that sweet man in the photo has since cleaned everything out!

Next.... the demise of our horrible BRASS light fixtures! This photo makes me oh so happy!

Next…. the demise of our horrible BRASS light fixtures! This photo makes me oh so happy!

And finally a great shot of a freshly painted ceiling and my man installing one of many new light fixtures in our home! A huge THANK YOU to David's mom for helping him paint and making sure he was safe... also for getting me this picture! :)

And finally a great shot of a freshly painted ceiling and my man installing one of many new light fixtures in our home! A huge THANK YOU to David’s mom for helping him paint and making sure he was safe… also for getting me this picture! :)

 

David is in charge of the renovation agenda, so you will have to ask him whats going to happen next, but I think it will be painting the walls, cabinets, and backsplash! Or it could be finishing up the powder room! We have so much to choose from here! More DIY and renovation posts to come!

 

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Greener Grass

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

I love this quote because I think it applies to every aspect of our lives. What we put energy in to, is where we see the most growth, most reward, and most love. This is true for careers, relationships, spirituality, and personal development. A lot of times people get caught up in comparing ourselves to others or wanting what others have already achieved, I know I do. I think if I take all that time I waste worrying or yearning for something I don’t currently have, and place that in efforts to improve (metaphorically water my grass) myself, my career, my relationships whatever the case may be, I would see so much growth. This is all easier said than done, how do we have enough hours in the day to water our grass in every area of our lives?  Its overwhelming! I think this week and in future I am going to make an effort to spend a little time each day caring for myself in whatever area needs improvement, whatever area that has grass that needs a little TLC. Even if that is just getting up earlier in the morning to work out, read a bible verse, or make breakfast so David and I can share a meal together, I will be one step closer to greener grass. I just need to make sure I focus on those small and wonderful things, enjoying those moments.

 

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Floral Bridal Hair

Now that I am in the process of planning a wedding, I spend quite a lot of my free time looking up all things bridal. I love that for your wedding you can really take as many risks as you want with your bridal “look.” One trend that I am seeing so often is floral crowns or even just simple flowers in your hair! I don’t know how well this would hold up on a warm Dallas evening in May, but I LOVE the idea. Here are some of my favorite inspiration images for floral bridal hair.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Simple and in perfect view.

Simple and in perfect view.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

 

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HOME-SPIRATION: Wooden Beams

Dallas, Texas is the land of new construction. There are always new homes, condos, or apartments being built and more than enough people to fill them. Growing up in Cincinnati I have really come to appreciate older homes, history, and a little character. There is something to be said about the beauty of an older home. I think there are so many details newer homes can have to add a little bit more character, one of them being wooden beams on the ceiling. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images…

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I also just love the combo of these pendant lights and steel barstools.

I also just love the combo of these pendant lights and steel barstools.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Hello gorgeous.

Hello gorgeous.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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